Dear Patients,

We hope this message finds you and your families well amidst this growing pandemic. As you well know, the dental community nationwide has taken steps to slow the spread of COVID-19. The Indiana Dental Association has now fully endorsed recent ADA recommendations to cease all elective dental procedures for three full weeks, effective immediately.

Dr’s Stevenson, Fairchild, and Surber have heard these recommendations and will be following suit. We are working to cancel all elective procedures including new consultations and routine follow-up appointments during this time.

As oral and maxillofacial surgeons we understand our position in the management of emergent needs to prevent patients inundating emergency rooms and immediate care clinics. To cope, we will maintain shortened office hours at our Valparaiso location to assess emergency patients from our referrals and greater dental community. Thank you all in advance. We are all in this together.
Valparaiso Location


(219) 307-4382
(219) 462 9599


(219) 600-5797
(219) 736 1401
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Before anesthesia: Information you need to know from Valparaiso & Merrillville, IN oral surgeons

Intravenous anesthesia contributes to comfortable oral surgery experiences. This service is available on-site at Stevenson, Fairchild and Surber OMS offices in Valparaiso & Merrillville, IN. We also enjoy privileges at several local hospitals, where sedation is administered. If you are considering an oral or maxillofacial procedure, the following information will help you prepare before surgery day.

About IV sedation

Intravenous sedation is sometimes called MAC (monitored anesthesia care) or twilight sleep. It is administered into a vein and induces a sense of deep relaxation. However, you are not “knocked out” as with general anesthesia. You remain conscious, though most people sleep, and breathe normally without intubation. Your wellbeing is continually monitored, and dosage is adjusted to ensure you remain comfortable. In this deep state of drowsiness, you are unconcerned about the procedure, sights, sounds, and smells around you. When the effect wears off, you have little recollection of the day.

IV sedation, along with local numbing, is ideal for most oral surgeries such as extractions and dental implant placement.

What to do before anesthesia – information for Valparaiso & Merrillville, IN patients

  • If you take routine oral medications, be sure to tell the surgeon in advance. Follow his instructions regarding surgery.
  • Please do not drink (including water) or eat for eight hours prior to your appointment.
  • If you do not feel well on the morning of your surgery, call our office.
  • It is important that you NOT smoke for at least 12 hours before surgery. Many people view this as a great reason to begin cutting back or to quit, as soon as surgery is scheduled.
  • Arrange for a responsible adult to drive you here, remain at the office while your procedure takes place, and get you home. You are not permitted to drive or operate machinery for 24 hours.
  • Wear comfortable, loose fitting clothing and low-heeled shoes. We will need to roll your sleeve up past the elbow.
  • Do not wear nail polish or makeup on surgery day.
  • Dentures, contact lenses, and jewelry must be removed for surgery.

Our goal is to help your oral procedure be a low-stress event, with speedy healing and an excellent outcome. Call Stevenson, Fairchild & Surber OMS at (219) 307-4382 to schedule a consultation.

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